Aug 19th, 2013
LAKE WALES – School started today (Monday, Aug. 19) for nearly 4,000 students and one Golden Retriever in the Lake Wales Charter Schools system.
Therapy dog Thule (pronounced Too-lee) watched the morning flag ceremony at Janie Howard Wilson Elementary, where she is “assigned” to teacher Tina Stegman’s classroom. Thule has been trained by Project Chance, a non-profit based in northeast Florida that provides service dogs to children, schools and organizations.
PHOTO #1: Raising the flag Monday at Janie Howard Wilson are (l-r) Victor Martinez, Austin Jarvis, 11, and Tykem Johnson, 10, under the watchful eyes of therapy dog Thule and Project Chance trainer B.J. Szwedzinski.
PHOTO #2: Austin Jarvis, 11, (left) and Tykem Johnson, 10, pose with Thule after raising the American flag on the first day of school at Janie Howard Wilson Elementary.
PHOTO #3: Nicole McClain (kneeling) helps some kindergarten and first grade students remember their teachers’ names on the first day of school at Janie Howard Wilson Elementary.